Beauty inside and outside the Mattawa Museum

We didn’t plan this exhibit… but nature brought it to us.

Enjoy.

Monarch butterfly chrysalis on the outside of the museum.  We have milkweed plants growing in the front flowerbeds, which the monarch butterflies use as food supplies.

https://www.monarch-butterfly.com/

The second generation of monarch butterflies is born in May and June, and then the third generation will be born in July and August. These monarch butterflies will go through exactly the same four stage life cycle as the first generation did, dying two to six weeks after it becomes a beautiful monarch butterfly.

The fourth generation of monarch butterflies is a little bit different than the first three generations. The fourth generation is born in September and October and goes through exactly the same process as the first, second and third generations except for one part. The fourth generation of monarch butterflies does not die after two to six weeks. Instead, this generation of monarch butterflies migrates to warmer climates like Mexico and California and will live for six to eight months until it is time to start the whole process over again.

It is amazing how the four generations of monarch butterflies works out so that the monarch population can continue to live on throughout the years, but not become overpopulated.

Mother Nature sure has some cool ways of doing things, doesn’t she?

Judy Toupin
Managing Curator
Mattawa Museum

Mattawa Museum Celebrating 35th Anniversary Year

July 28, 2019 marked the 35th Anniversary of the Mattawa Museum. 

As we all know, this past spring, the flooding was a huge challenge for our Community, but, if anything, as I look back through some of our history files here at the Museum, this is a community that has withstood many challenges.  Many times challenges bring opportunity.  And such is the case as we look forward to sharing new exhibits, some special events and educational experiences with everyone. 

We were not able to open until June 1, 2019, but as of August 15th, we’ve had over 350 paying visitors through our Museum. They’ve come from as far away as Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Belgium and France, as well as Australia, Western Canada, NWT, Quebec and Nova Scotia.  Many are pleasantly surprised with the quality and quantity of history and artifacts. 

On Indigenous Day we had over 200 visitors and again on Canada Day, over 300!

One of the major projects we will be undertaking is creating a new Time Capsule!  Twenty years ago, next summer, Lise Moore Asselin spearheaded a Time Capsule project.  It is now time to dig that one up and explore the year 2000!  Over this coming year, we will be creating a new Time Capsule.  We will have a place, here at the Museum, to gather items.  As that gets put into place, we will let everyone know.  Exciting times are ahead!  Come and be part of the adventure!

So, as we continue to celebrate 35 years, please join our email list so you can keep up to date with our changing exhibits!  We invite you to come with your families and explore our Community History. 

Stay tuned for a sneak peak of what’s coming up very shortly …

Judy Toupin
Managing Curator
Mattawa Museum